You know it's going to be an interesting show when event organizers talk about mounted guns and cannons.
No, this isn't some weapons expo coming into town (or to the bay, for that matter).
It's the second annual Wooden Boat Festival in Newport Harbor, and among the draws will be a World War II-era air-sea rescue boat — as ready to fight as it was more than 60 years ago.
Organizers said they have more room on the water and more dry-dock exhibits this year. While boats won't be for sale, wooden-hull enthusiasts say there will be plenty of nautical history there to make it worth the price of admission.
"What do you think is prettier, a hunk of plastic or a piece of finely varnished wood?" asked Stephen Kincaid, commodore of the Wooden Hull Yacht Club, which is essentially a group of wooden boat owners. "Wooden boats sail with a soul. They don't bounce across the water like a ping pong ball. They cut through the water."